Adios Summer

Happy Thursday my fellow crocheters!  Almost to another weekend! It’s going to be a great weekend this weekend too.  Holiday World was last weekend, so now it just relaxing and crocheting all weekend long. 

Right now I’m currently working on an afghan—no it’s not the stupid cat one—and no it’s still not done!  It’s one I’m working on to submit to the magazine for publication.  I’ve never published an afghan before, so we’ll see how it goes.  I want to hurry and get it done because I found this beautiful crochet vest on Ravelry that I want to try.  I’m trying not to let myself start anything else until I finish something. Counting the afghan that I am currently working on for submission—that makes 3 that are WiPs.  So, I have to finish this one and then I will let myself start on the vest. ;-) 

Today we are celebrating summer! Summer is winding down and that always makes me a little sad.  The cold weather is coming and I really hate that, but until I can move somewhere tropical I have to accept it (especially since there is absolutely nothing I can do about it! I’ve been trying and haven’t come up with a way to change the weather here in the Midwest!)
So, today’s free pattern is one that I designed a few years ago.  I really like it, but I don’t have the actual physical piece anymore, so the only information I have is what I’m putting forth in the pattern.  It is a one shoulder top and it is just perfect or summer.  So, get your hooks flying friends and hurry and get it completed so that you can still get a couple of wears out of it!  Have a great Thursday my friends!

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Patons Stretch Sock yarn 5 (5, 6,7)Balls in Kelp

Size 3.5 MM hook

1/8” elastic

Yarn needle

Because there is no definitive right and wrong side with this stitch pattern—there is no need to reverse the shaping! :-)

Body—Make 2

Row 1:  Ch 80 (86,92,98), sc in second ch from hook and each ch across.  Turn.

Row 2:  Ch 1, sc in first st, *dc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * across.  Turn.

Row 3:  Ch 3, sk first st, *sc in next st, dc in next sts, rep from * across.  Turn.

Rows 2 and 3 establish pattern.

Work even in pattern until piece measures 12 ½ (13, 14 ½, 15 ½)” from beginning.  Ending with pattern row 3.

Armhole shaping

Row 1:  Sl st across first 3 (3, 5, 5) sts, ch 1, sc in same st, dc in next st, continue in pattern to end of row.  Turn.

Row 2:  Pattern across to last sc, leave sl sts unworked.  Turn.

Rows 3 & 4:  Rep row 1&2 of armhole shaping.

Row 5:  Work pattern row 2.

Row 6:  Sl st in first 15 sts, ch 3, *sc in next st, dc in next st, rep from * across.

Rows 7 & 8: Work Pattern rows 2 & 3.

Row 9:  Work pattern row 2 across to last 4 sts, dc dec over next 2 sts, sc dec over last 2 sts.  Turn.

Row 10:  Work pattern row 3.

Row 11:  Work pattern row 2 across to last 8 sts, (dc dec over next 2 sts, sc dec over next 2 sts) twice.

Row 12:  Work pattern row 3.

Shoulder Shaping

Row 1:  Ch 1, sc in first st, *dc in next st, sc in next st, rep from * until a total of17 sts are worked, leave remaining sts unworked.  Turn.

Row 2:  Work pattern row 3.

Work in pattern for 18 (18, 22, 24) more rows.  Fasten off at end of last row.

Sew together at shoulder seam and at side seams.

Top Ruffle:

Join thread with sl st at top of side seam.

Rnd 1:  Ch 4, dc in same st, sk next st, *work (dc, ch 1, dc) in next st, sk next st, rep from * around.  Join to third ch of beg ch 4.

Rnd 2:  Sl St to first ch 1 sp, ch 3, 2 dc in same sp, work 3 dc in each rem ch 1 sp around.  Join to top of beg ch 3.

Rnd 3:  Rep rnd 1.

Rnds 4-8:  Sl st to ch 1 sp, ch 4, dc in sam sp, work (dc, ch 1, dc) in each rem ch 1 sp around.

Rnd 9:  Sl st to ch 1 sp, (sc, 2dc) in each ch 1 sp around.  Join to beg sc.  Fasten off.

Bottom edging

Join at side seam, work (sc, 2 dc) in same st, sk next 2 sts, *work (sc, 2 dc) in next st, sk next 2 sts, rep from * around. Join with sl st to beg sc.  Fasten off.

Work in sc evenly spaced around armhole for a more finished appearance.

Thread 1/8” elastic onto yarn needle, weave in and out of row right under top ruffle.  To obtain the proper measurement, once you have elastic threaded through, put top on and pull tight, tie ends in knot and snip close.